The first red card Messi received was on his debut for the Argentine national team in 2005. In a friendly match against Hungary, Messi was shown a straight red card in the 64th minute for a challenge on Vilmos Vanczak. The decision was controversial, with many arguing that the foul was not serious enough to warrant a red card. Nonetheless, Messi was sent off, and Argentina went on to lose the match 2-1.
Messi’s second red card came in 2019, during a Copa America match between Argentina and Chile. In the third-place playoff, Messi was involved in a confrontation with Chile’s Gary Medel, with both players being sent off after appearing to clash heads. The incident was widely criticized, with many suggesting that the referee had overreacted in sending both players off.
Finally, Messi’s most recent red card came in the Spanish Supercopa final in 2021, while playing for Barcelona against Athletic Bilbao. In the 121st minute of the match, Messi swung his arm at Bilbao’s Asier Villalibre, hitting him in the face. The referee immediately brandished a red card, and Messi was sent off. Bilbao went on to win the match 3-2..…See More